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Our final #StraightFromTheTAP honoree for Feburary 2019 represents Great Lakes RCAP. Mary Hutson is West Virginia State Coordinator, and has been with RCAP for over two years. Prior to joining RCAP, Hutson spent 25 years as a Training Specialist and Water Quality Specialist. SHe has experience in water operations and regulatory compliance.

Hutson also brings with her an impressive academic background. She received a BS in Chemistry, an MS in Organic Chemistry, and an MS in Environmental Science all from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She is currently a Class IV Water Operator, a Water Distribution Operator and a WV Backflow Prevention & Assembly Inspector Tester.

"I love the talented and deticated people that I work with across the RCAP family," said Hutson. "I enjoy going to work and seeing the positive impact that we as Technical Assistance Providers make in the communities we are assisting, and knowing that no two days will be the same." Thank you, Mary, for all of the hard work and dedication you've shown to improve quality of life,starting at the tap

Walter W. Wolford’s Story

I met Walt when I heard he was staying in a building on the hill in Davin WV. I had known about Walt before but had never actually talked to him. His (soon to be) landlord, Robert Frazier, had told me that that Walt had asked him about a house for rent. I went to the building where Walt was staying and did an intake interview on him, and found out he was a Veteran and qualified for SSVF assistance.

We were able to get him in a house that Mr. Frazier had for rent and was also able to get his water and electricity hooked up for him as well. Walt is an old school veteran and has a lot of pride, and dignity, and he is a good man. I actually made another really good friend in Walt.

He is stably housed now, after we were able to get him secured in the house with help on the rent, security deposit, and utilities, he has actually been doing pretty good. He was exited out of the SSVF Program on July 26th , 2017 after completing the program. I assured him that if he ever needed any help or if he ever got in the same situation again, to please give me a call.

Eddie Thompson
SSVF Coordinator

SSVF Helps Homeless Veteran

Phillip Coleman, a literally homeless Veteran, had been staying in an emergency shelter in the Charleston, WV area for approximately one (1) month. The Veteran had previously been housed with a significant other in another part of WV. Upon arriving in the Charleston, WV area, the Veteran sought emergency shelter as he had zero household income and no expendable funds. Mr. Coleman was referred to Coalfield Community Action Partnership, Inc. (CCAP) by Workforce WV. Through his participation with Workforce WV, Mr. Coleman was able to secure an offer for employment within a few days of enrollment to the SSVF Program.

Mr. Coleman accepted the job offer and had a three (3) week waiting period before actually beginning employment. During this time, CCAP’s SSVF Program was able to assist the Veteran in identifying and obtaining permanent housing. Mr. Coleman was permanently housed in a nonsubsidized rental unit before his first day of employment. CCAP’s SSVF Program provided Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) to help the Veteran in obtaining the rental unit. The SSVF Program was able to assist the Veteran with TFA for a security deposit, first month’s rent, utility arrears and utility deposits. Additional TFA was also provided at a later date during the Veteran’s enrollment in the SSVF Program to assist him with housing costs until he began receiving earned income from his employer. The Veteran currently exceeds 50% of the Area Median Income and was able to begin paying his own housing costs through monthly budgeting.

James McDaniel's Story

In December of 2016 James McDaniel was released from a WV state prison after serving nearly 15 years. The conviction left this veteran with little to no family support, no friends, and forever on the sex offender’s registry. During his final days in prison the he began working with the reentry program office and Jackie Hartsog of the Veterans Justice Outreach - VJO. Jackie contacted our SSVF office prior to his release inquiring into the steps needed to assure SSVF eligibility. After our SSVF case manager, Thomas Ramey, and Jackie discussed the veteran’s situation it was determined he was currently ineligible due to the length of time served in prison. Once all eligibility criteria was explained to the VJO, the reality was clear – he would be eligible once he leaves prison.  Why? Mr. McDaniel had no place to go once leaving prison and will be going straight to a homeless shelter.  Once he spends a night at the shelter, he will be eligible.

Mr. McDaniel was released from prison on December 27, 2016 and went directly into a homeless shelter in the Charleston area. On January 1, 2017 the veteran came to Huntington and tried moving into the City Mission. He was turned away because of his recent release from prison and criminal record. The veteran had nowhere else to turn and for the first time faced the harsh reality of being truly homeless.

On January 2nd Mr. McDaniel came to the Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc. main office in downtown Huntington. He met with an SSVF case manager and discussed the program. The SSVF case manager Thomas, with Mr. McDaniel in the office, called Anne Robinson, a VA Homeless Social Worker at the CRRC to set up a VA intake. Thomas wanted to coordinate the entry into homeless services with the CRRC staff to assure SSVF was the best VA program for this veteran. Mr. McDaniel was taken to the CRRC where a VA intake was completed. He was then referred back to SSVF to be rapidly rehoused. An SSVF intake was completed and client was found to be eligible.

During the intake it was found that Mr. McDaniel had VA medical and 40 % service connected. The veteran’s service connect check was put on hold during his time of incarceration. Therefore, Thomas and Anne worked together to request payments be reinstated. During this process the decision was made to file a claim requesting an increase in the percentage of service connect due to the clients worsening health issues – advanced diabetes. Mr. McDaniel was also immediately referred to the Cabell County DHHR for SNAP benefits, VA Employment Specialist Scott Arrington, Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists at WorkForce WV, and Director Connie Miller of Grace Food Pantry for immediate food needs, Harmony House Jobs First Program, among others. Client was immediately issued a bus pass for the purpose of going to referrals and apartment search.

The housing search was riddled with barriers. The veteran was in the post-prison adjustment period and felt uneasy dealing with the public. He was also faced with the cruel reality of housing discrimination due to the nature of his crime. While no particular landlord or company spelled out the rejection because of the criminal record, it seemed exceedingly obvious. By day seven of being enrolled in SSVF, a suitable apartment with a willing landlord was located. The landlord was sympathetic to veteran’s situation and expedited the process by giving client a key the same day of signing lease.

SSVF processed Mr. McDaniel’s security deposit, first month’s rent, assisted with turning on utilities, had a bed delivered, and shopped for the general housing stability list for kitchen essentials and cleaning supplies. Mr. McDaniel met, or had a phone conversation, with Thomas on a daily basis. Considering he was having trouble adjusting to life outside prison the SSVF and VA CRRC staff instituted a more intensive case management approach. Mr. McDaniel followed up each referral with a progress report. Within a month he had been approved for SNAP benefits, was enrolled in three employment programs, and was reissued his service connect payments from the VA.

The growing pains of life outside prison were not easy for Mr. McDaniel. For the next 4 months he submitted dozens of applications, went to numerous interviews, yet no job offers. He was depending solely on SSVF for direct assistance for rent. At this point, Mr. McDaniel felt the entire process was beginning to be a waste of time. During some of the follow-up meetings Mr. McDaniel would begin rationalizing why many folks ended up in prison a second or third time. The label of a convicted criminal, and society’s unforgiving nature, felt like an ever tightening noose around his neck. Fortunately his luck changed when he was offered fulltime employment at GC Services.

When the second recertification date came, proof of all the hard work was realized. Mr. McDaniel was no longer eligible for SSVF assistance. Thankfully he was now making more than the allowable income amount. During Mr. McDaniel’s exit interview he explained in great detail how his life was changed for the better thanks to SSVF. He talked about one question asked during his initial SSVF meeting.  The question was, “What is your idea about your current situation?” He remembered answering with one word – “scared”. He recalled talking about how WV has no after care programs for those recently released from institutions. And how not having such a program places those like him in dire situations. Resulting in many returning to crime and/or homeless.  He wanted it to be known that SSVF was his life saver. Had it not been for SSVF he definitely would not be where he is today.

Mr. McDaniel is about ten months since having been released from prison. He recently met with his former SSVF case manager. Mr. McDaniel is still living in the same apartment, employed, drawing now what is a 50% service connect check, and has purchased a car. Being an introvert Mr. McDaniel doesn’t like talking about his personal life too much. However, he revealed that for the first time in over 15 years he is involved in a special relationship. His entire life is unrecognizable in comparison to one year ago.  


When West Virginia Floods, West Virginians Respond

By Jeff Owens, WV RCAP

West Virginia (WV) is especially vulnerable to flooding because of its mountainous topography, which forces communities to be clustered in valleys-- a position particularly at risk for the downstream impacts of extreme precipitaion. Flooding can cause meaningful environmental damage, especially in a place so heavily invested in coal mining. Flooding could potentially wash toxic mining materials or byproducts coal mining. Flooding could potentially wash toxic mining materials or byproducts into streams and rivers, threatening the surface water quality.

In late June of 2016, well over 10 inches of rain fell in less than four hours in the central and southern portions of West Virginia. The result? Flooding and total devastation. 44 of WV's 55 counties were included in a stale of emergency, over 500,000 people were left without power, thousands of families lost their homes and all possessions, and 23 people lost their lives -- the last body was recovered almost two months later. A spokesman for WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin called the flooding "the worst in 100 years, possibly 1,000". The affected communities are still struggling to recover.

The devastating floods showed the true spirit and humanitarian spirit of West Virginians. While the affected communities suffered and struggled, West Virginians responded with millions of dollars in donations of food, water, supplies, clothes, housing, hospitality, and man hours spent cleaning and rebuilding. The same level of community effort was also provided by the water infrastructure community.

In the June flooding, 22 water systems were directly affected. Issues faced included flooded water treatment plants to distribution system washouts to source water contamination and all events in between. WV Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WV WARN) is a network of water and wastrwater utilities response network. Member utilities in need of assistance can request and receive needed response from neighboring systems. The WV WARN website is home to the equipment database known as the "Tool Bucket". The Tool Bucket matches utility resources to a member's needs during an emergency. A member can locale emergency equipment (pumps, generators, chlorinators, evacuators, etc. and trained personnel (e.g. treatment plant operators) that they may need in an emergency. In the June flooding, the need was dire, and the response was valiant. Generators, manpopower, backhoes and equipment of all kinds were provided to the affected systems to help them get their systems back on line to provide clean, safe, reliable drinking water to those in need. WV RCAP, among the founding agencies for WV WARN, is proud of the program's growth throughout the state.

WV RCAP is also using the devastating flooding to remind all public utilities of the importance of a comprehensive vulnerability assessment and appropriate emergency response plan. Flooding is not an uncommon occurrence in West Virginia, or across the country. Every water/wastewater utility should include natural disasters, such as flooding, in their vulnerability assessments and the appropriate response should an event happen. Vulnerability Assistance and Emergency Response Plans are not one time documents -- they should be reviewed and updated as the system faces new vulnerabilities and potential risks. Pre-planning, by identifying potential threats and emergencies and being proactive by having prepared written system information, corrective actions to be taken, and resources available, is critical in managing the impact of both large and small unexpected adverse events. The June flooding in West Virginia illustrated the importance of being prepared for sudden, unexpected events. Being prepared is crucial to proper response. If your utility is in need of a thorough Vulnerability Assessment and Emergency Response Plan, contact your regional RCAP for direct assistance.

SSVF Program Assists WV Flood Victim

On June 23, 2016, Karol Dunford could see rising water in the distance from her home in Rainelle, WV. Dunford is a seventy-one (71) year old disabled Vietnam War Air Force Veteran. She is confined to a wheelchair. As time passed and the rain continued, water began to rise to dangerous levels around Dunford 's home. Eventually, water was inside her home. According to the National Weather Service, on this day, paits of West Virginia received more than nine (9) inches of rain in thirty-six (36) hours.

During the flood, water rose to Dunford 's shoulders. She was forced to sit in her wheelchair holding her four (4) dogs in her lap. One dog fell from her lap and into the water. Dunford watched the dog drown and could do nothing to stop it. The National Guard arrived in the early hours of June 24, 2016 to assist Dunford and her pets to safety. At that point, she was transported to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Beckley, WV for treatment. Her home was completely destroyed by the flood. Dunford was homeless.

Fortunately, Coalfield CAP offers supportive services to help Veterans experiencing loss of housing. Dunford was enrolled in the _Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The SSVF Program is designed to improve the housing stability of ve1y low-income Veteran families, by assisting families transitioning from homeless­ness to permanent housing and preventing at-risk families from becoming homeless. Today Dunford is stably housed. Coalfield CAP was able to provide crisis intervention services to meet Dunford 's specific needs and assist her in rapidly obtaining permanent housing.

Veterans interested in applying to participate in Coalfield CAP's SSVF Program must meet enrollment criteria as dete1mined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and West Virginia Community Action Partnership. The SSVF Program provides supportive services for Veteran households who are residing in pennanent housing, homeless and scheduled to become a resident of permanent housing with a specific time period, or exiting to permanent housing within a specific time period and seeking other housing that is responsive to their needs. Eligible Veteran households must also be very-low income and cannot exceed 50% of the area median income. Coalfield CAP operates the SSVF Program in Calhoun, Clay, Kanawha, McDowell, Mingo and Roane Counties in West Virginia. If you are a Veteran that resides in the Coalfield CAP service area and would like to inquire about enrolling in the SSVF Program, please contact Coalfield CAP at 304-235-1701 or 1-800-234-1706.

Success Story - Letter from Tara Williams

When one thinks of the word success, most think of money and/or monetary things. The word success truly has the simple meaning of the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. I knew there would be difficulties to face when legally separating from my children's father, but I had no idea the full extent of what strength I would need to truly survive the eventual divorce and make a life here for my girls that was better than what I endured as a child. Long store short- I had no family support and found myself homeless. I was attempting to fall back on the only resource that I knew available to me at the time which was my GI Bill. I soon learned about all the organizations that could aid me. Thomas Ramey and the Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc. (SWCAC) office where extremely helpful and really went out of their way to see smiles on my little girls' faces. I have tears in my eyes typing this letter and I can't express in words my gratitude.

Providing me with financial assistance for rent and utilities really took a huge weight off my shoulders. Helping also with providing food, dishes, utensils, cleaning supplies, and even beds, was so much more than I could ever expect. As Christmas was creeping around the corner, the office surprised my kids with gifts. To see the pure joy on their faces was beyond heartwarming. The individuals at the SWCAC office truly cared about me and my kids and that means so much when you know that your own family doesn't. This gave me a sense of encouragement and determination to keep pushing forward.

I was able to get assistance through referrals to have my girls in a great day care facility with Marshall University while I attended classes full time. Unfortunately, I quickly learned how difficult the divorce would be as I was faced with severe depression and guilt for running away from an abusive relationship. I realized that I was also going to need intensive therapy for my mind. It was very difficult for me to accept that I needed help. I had to get my mind right before I could align everything else to achieve my ultimate goal of providing a wholesome life for my children. I realized what's most important in life, my kids!

Once I was refocused, I started climbing! I decided school would have to be put on hold and I would have to start working in order to pay the bills. I started working with the Workforce WV Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOPS) to help me overcome barriers to employment. I was able to gain full time employment making minimum wage. That wasn't good enough for me. I set my sights on a position working for Workforce Investment Board as a front desk receptionist. I as able to get professional attire, job coaching and special ind of encouragement through Dress for Success. That position enabled me to network with numerous people and show my potential. I was able to apply and obtain a DVOPS position with Workforce WV. I now help Veterans from a unique perspective.

The resources available to me, and the drive and determination within, allowed me to succeed. I have been able to buy myself and my girls our Forever Home. I have secured permanent employment with benefits and have been afforded the opportunity to be a board member of DFS. Homeless Veterans Resource Center, SWCAC, SSVF, Dress for Success, VAMC Huntington, and Workforce WV, have all helped me to accomplish my ultimate goal of providing my children with a happy and healthy childhood.

This letter is being written as a thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I would hot have achieved any amount of success without help. I am now able to give back to other who also need it.

Sincerely thank you,
Tara Williams

Proud to be at the helm of PRIDE

When Lisha Whitt was promoted to Executive Director in December 2016, she knew exactly what to expect. Former Executive Director Reggie Jones started prepping her and the team as soon as he announced he would be stepping down to begin another challenge elsewhere. Lisha admits Reggie leaves big shoes to fill, but was always good at keeping his team updated and educated. Lisha, a Marshall University graduate in Accounting, served over 7 years with PRIDE Community Services as their Director of Finance and brings a multitude of experience for the Executive Director position.

Lisha’s career as a CPA exposed her to many different businesses.  She worked with doctors, lawyers, a state senator and more.  But, in fact, PRIDE was Lisha’s second non-profit position.  She worked at Coalfield CAP (then Mingo CAP) for 2 ½ years before being lured back to the lucrative private sector to work with a mining supply and communications company in Logan. When she heard PRIDE needed a Finance Director she had to apply.   She joined PRIDE and she says she felt at home from the moment she walked into their offices. “Community service people are a special kind of people,” Lisha shared.  “It’s a perfect fit for me. Everyone has stepped up to help with the transition.”

Lisha believes that if everyone is given time to learn, 2017 will be more successful than ever for PRIDE.  Lisha is still pulling double duty, concentrating on finishing last year’s audit, while her replacement Amy Walsh, trains her counterpart.  What does PRIDE stand for, I asked? “Progressive, Rejuvenation, Improvement and Development Enterprise,” she replied. You could hear the pride in her voice. She hopes they receive good news on the recent Early Head Start and Power Grants they applied for.

Back when she had time for hobbies Lisha enjoyed quilting, history and tracing her ancestry.  She is especially proud of a family photo she discovered with her great -great – and more grandfather in his uniform with his 16 year old son who joined him in the Union Army to be close to his father. She is a Kentucky Hatfield on her mother’s side. “They’re the good Hatfields, the ones that tried to keep the peace,” she added.  A mother of four daughters and two granddaughters, that’s likely something Lisha knows a bit about.
Congratulations to Lisha and the PRIDE family!

National RCAP Visits West Virginia

Mayor Quattro (left) explains some of the problems with the Thomas WWTP polishing pond and sludge removal to State RCAP Coordinator Dan Pauley (center) and RCAP Executive Director Robert Stewart(right).
Mayor Quattro (left) explains some of the problems with the Thomas WWTP polishing pond and sludge removal to State RCAP Coordinator Dan Pauley (center) and RCAP Executive Director Robert Stewart(right).

West Virginia Rural Community Assistance Program (WV RCAP) was host to Robert Stewart, National RCAP Executive Director, on a visit to West Virginia. Mr. Stewart for years did field work like our WV RCAP staff with small water and wastewater systems before being hired for his current position in 2003. WV RCAP staff Dan Pauley, State Coordinator, and Nettie Harper, Technical Assistance Provider, introduced Robert to two of the 40+ communities where field staff work to assist water and wastewater systems to become more sustainable and improve the quality of life in their communities.

Robert informed Thomas Mayor, Matt Quattro, "It is good to come out of the Washington office and visit the small communities where RCAP works. It gives me a better background to stay connected with our rural communities when talking to Congress." Mayor Quattro explained the problems the town of about 500 residents in Tucker County was experiencing - not only the troubles with their wastewater plant, but the dilemmas of survival of a rural small town in West Virginia. He felt that providing services with tight budget constraints while meeting federal and state requirements of WV DEP, EPA, Bureau for Public Health, and WV PSC with a volunteer local government and four staff is almost impossible. Mayor Quattro gave praises to Technical Assistance Provider, Rick Watson for the expertise and free services that WV RCAP had been able to provide. He estimated that the free services were a savings of several hundred thousand dollars for his small town. While in Thomas, Mr. Stewart toured the town's water and wastewater facilities.

Thomas Mayor Matt Quattro (left) explains some of the chlorination equipment at the Water Treatment Plant to RCAP
Executive Director Robert Stewart (right).
Thomas Mayor Matt Quattro (left) explains some of the chlorination equipment at the Water Treatment Plant to RCAP Executive Director Robert Stewart (right).

In Belington, a little larger town in Barbour County, with a population of about 2,200, Mr. Stewart met with Mayor, Carlton "Jody" Haller. He heard similar stories of the plight of small rural towns trying to survive in a declining economy while still expected to provide no decline in services. He welcomed the services that RCAP has given to his community. Chief operator Don Harris and operator, Robert Smithson provided a tour of the water treatment plant, a former WV RCAP water project, and Mr. Harris gave a tour of the wastewater plant, a current WV RCAP wastewater project, that is soon to be upgraded to a more modern facility.

WV RCAP had been able to provide free services to small communities throughout the state with water and waste water projects for over twenty years. However, with recent budget cuts resulting in loosing staff personnel it will be more difficult to provide free assistance to towns such as Thomas and Belington. Robert Stewart and the national staff are working diligently to find new funding sources to try to maintain and expand the RCAP program. WV RCAP is a program of the West Virginia Community Action Partnerships, Inc.

Don Harris (right), Belington WWTP Operator shows RCAP Executive Director Robert Stewart (center) and WV RCAP State Coordinator Dan Pauley (right)
part of the operation that will be replaced with the new WWTP.
Don Harris (right), Belington WWTP Operator shows RCAP Executive Director Robert Stewart (center) and WV RCAP State Coordinator Dan Pauley (right) part of the operation that will be replaced with the new WWTP.

Poverty Numbers Up in West Virginia

According to the 2010 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau, the poverty rate in West Virginia increased from 17.7% in 2009 to 18.1% in 2010. For a family of four, that translates to 326,507 West Virginians living on a household income of less than $22,314. West Virginia's poverty rate ranked 8th highest among the 50 states with the national average at 15.3%.

In 2010, the number of children living in poverty in West Virginia was 93,421. The child poverty rate increased from 23.4% in 2009 to 25.0% in 2010, 10th highest in the country with 1 in 4 children living in poverty. Conversely, the poverty rate for seniors 65 or older decreased slightly from 10.3% in 2009 to 9.9% in 2010.

With poverty rates rising throughout West Virginia and across the country, it is imperative that Congress and the Administration reject cuts to the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Both programs are administered through the Community Action Agencies in West Virginia and assist low income families in alleviating the conditions of poverty and securing a sustainable future for themselves. The Community Service Block Grant Program provides core funding to the agencies to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and empower low-income families to become self-sufficient. The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces heating and cooling costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. To learn more about these programs and the Community Action Agencies who administer them in West Virginia, visit www.wvcommunityactionpartnership.org or www.goeo.wv.gov.

Family Medical Care Opens Dental Center

A new dental room at Family Medical Care Community Health Center.
A new dental room at Family Medical Care Community Health Center.

Judy Raveaux, CEO of CHANGE, Inc. announced that Family Medical Care Community Health Center, a division of CHANGE has recently opened a Dental Center, thanks to the kind and generous donation of Dr. Sucheta Luthra. Raveaux stated that she was approached by the Luthra's in the spring asking how they could assist the agency, and before the end of the meeting Dr. Sucheta Luthra, DMD, DDS was going to work for Family Medical Care as the Dental Director, and donated her entire operatory which included major dental equipment, x-ray and dental supplies for a year.

Raveaux stated that her agency has been working with a local dentist in town and the outreach dollars allocated to the project were exhausted just 4 months into the new grant year due to the increasing patient load. Fortunately, with the donation from Dr. Luthra and her willingness to work for Family Medical Care, Raveaux said she can now try to access federal dollars to help assist with dental needs of those residents living in the Tri-state area.

Dr. Sucheta Luthra is a graduate of Dental School, Pittsburgh. Prior to joining CHANGE, Inc. Dr. Luthra had her private practice in Weirton for 17 years. Her main emphasis in Dentistry is Prevention, Prevention and Prevention! Child and adults need to learn the importance and proper technique of brushing their teeth regularly. Children as young as 2 years old should start cleaning their teeth with children's tooth paste, stated Dr. Luthra.

Chewing tobacco is harmful for the mouth and teeth and is the leading cause of cancer in the mouth. Smoking is extremely harmful for teeth, mouth tissues, causes lung and other cancers and is also linked with multiple medical problems. Unfortunately, smoking and chewing tobacco starts at a young age said Dr. Luthra. Gum diseases lead to decay and early loss of teeth. By regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings, in addition to brushing at least twice a day after meals, can prevent cavities and major problems later.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), WV has the highest rate of tooth loss of adults age 65 and older in the nation; and 65.6% of WV children age eight have experience tooth decay as well as 66% of adolescents age fifteen. Thirty-five and a half percent of children ages six to eight years have untreated caries, along with 32.9% of adolescents age fifteen. With a state that ranks almost last in median income and a high rate of poverty, seeing a dentist is not a priority, stated Raveaux. Unfortunately, Medicare does not offer dental coverage and many private insurances offer it as a separate policy to employers and employees elect not to pay for it.

Raveaux stated that Dr. Sucheta Luthra will be working onsite Monday - Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Dental Center is open to anyone needing dental care by appointments or walk-in emergencies. Dr. Luthra's dental services include but are not limited to periodic evaluations, cleaning, treatment of cavities and gum diseases, crown and bridges, extractions, whitening procedures, veneers, and upper and lower dentures. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 304-748-2828.

WV Community Action At Work in 2010

In 2010, 16 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in West Virginia provided services to over 130,000 individuals and nearly 60,000 families. Approximately 50% of the customers had incomes of less than 75% of the federal poverty level.

Graph 1

The core funding for CAAs is the Federal Community Service Block Grant (CSBG). CSBG is an essential anti-poverty program and in West Virginia, CAAs utilize CSBG dollars to increase agency capacity, community development, and family self-sufficiency through leveraging of additional funds. Although utilized as the core funding, CSBG only makes up about 14% of the total revenue for CAAs in West Virginia.

Graph 2

In 2010, West Virginia CAAs leveraged $15,955,359 CSBG funds into nearly $102 million additional resources for anti-poverty efforts in the state of West Virginia, $6.39 per $1 of CSBG. With these funds, West Virginia CAAs reduced or eliminated 220,367 conditions of poverty. For a full report on the 2010 performance outcomes for West Virginia CAAs visit www.nascsp.org to view the FY 2010 West Virginia CSBG Information System Survey.